A Port Fairy Treasure – Independent Bookstore: Blarney Books and Arts

Nadia L King, Author

On James Street in the coastal town of Port Fairy, Victoria, about 300km south-west of Melbourne, lives a brilliant independent bookstore. Blarney Books and Art is abuzz with books for inspired readers and unique art for everyone; there are life drawing classes, French classes, regular book-related exhibitions and every year there’s an ‘edible books’ competition, as well as the well-known book-art competition called the BIBLIO-ART (it has nothing whatsoever to do with Bibles – biblio is latin for ‘book’).

Jo Canham is the owner of Blarney Books and Art, whose present location started off life as a Masonic Hall, then later became a youth centre (complete with bowling alley) for the community of Port Fairy.

What made you choose the Masonic Hall as the premises for Blarney? How long have you been there?

My husband and I originally looked at a small church out on the highway, but the real…

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